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  1. Your chances are much better with a second undergrad than a PhD. Don't do a PhD if you don't want to go into academia or industry.
  2. Agree, except I'd say both surgical and non-surgical specialties are important.
  3. If you want subspecialty, give up on the idea of work-life balance and accept that it's a 6 to 8 year beat-down. This is the price you pay to be among the best in the world. If it's easy, everyone would do it. I'm glad it's tough, and it wasn't even that bad. The payoff at the end, in my opinion, is well worth it.
  4. It's a total moneygrab. Everyone sign it please.
  5. Can be worth of mouth, cold-emailing, or job posts. I know people who got jobs from each avenue. Some job posts are shams. Outlook is good for radiology in general, not just sw Ontario. Demand is ever-increasing and it doesn't look like we're training rads any faster. Be prepared to do a fellowship.
  6. Chill fo sho. You gonna get an ass-whooping during your training no matter what. Two months won't make a difference.
  7. Too variable. You can end up with a job that is part time, regular hours, and much more than full time. You can also take on teleradiology work as side hustles. I have colleagues across that spectrum. You may have to start with a full time job, however.
  8. Easiest 1 > 2 > 4 > 3 Hardest. I had a tough time transitioning in 3rd year.
  9. Word of mouth but my colleague applied far and wide, and got interviews for non-advertised positions.
  10. Good point. Someone with experience will have an edge over you. Be open to the having to locum or working in a less-desired practice until you get your ideal job. My cohort have all landed jobs but not all of us got our ideal jobs.
  11. I work full time hours some weeks and few hours per day other weeks. Nowadays, you need a fellowship and experience to land a job, even in the community. If you have to take a full time job, there is always opportunity to go down in time once you're established. Investments, hobbies, exercise, cooking, anything you want! Residency was tough, but not tougher than other specialties. It's also temporary. I have a lot of control of my life now as a staff. I don't think anyone should pick a specialty based on what they have been told about the residency experience.
  12. I'm working part time myself, and doing other stuff on the side. Love it. You just have to wait for the job openings. Lakeridge just sent out an ad for a part time position a few months ago. Also no harm in approaching groups yourself.
  13. I got printed stacks of personal letters. No way I'm counting that. One of my colleagues, however, somehow did word counts, and brought one overcount to our program director. He basically said if you're a little over, it's okay. I still recommend that you adhere to the limit. If you got this far in life, you can wordsmith your way out of 50 words.
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